Wenatchee Rotary
Meeting of February 22, 2018 - Volume LXVII - No 34   
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--  CONTENTS  --
  • Thursday's Program
  • Rotary Ambassadors
  • Sponsor of the Week
  • Week in Review w/Announcements
  • From the Head Table
  • Events calendar
  • Sponsors         
  • Youth Stories
  • Polio Progress
  • Upcoming Speakers
  • Website opportunities
  Special Olympics in Wenatchee, with Sascha Smith & Caryl Andre         
Wenatchee will again host Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games March 2-4 at the Town Toyota Center and various venues throughout the community.   Athletes from all across the state will come to ski, skate and play basketball.  Caryl Andre and Sascha Smith from Wenatchee Parks and Recreation will present the Wenatchee Program along with some special guest athletes.  Sascha is the coordinator with Special Olympics for the Wenatchee Parks Dept.  He is also coaching basketball for the Wenatchee Team at the Winter Games.  This photo was taken last year at TTC.   Continued below .....
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Caryl is recreational supervisor for the parks department and President of the Winter Games GMT Board which helps Washington State Special Olympics orchestrate the games from the Nordic Skiing in Leavenworth to Downhill Skiing at Mission Ridge to Speed and Figure Skating at the Town Toyota Center to Basketball in every high school and middle school gym in the valley.   
Wenatchee Rotary is officially helping out with volunteer duties (more than 600 volunteers are needed over the weekend) for the very first time this year (talk to Gary Provo if you would like to be part of this effort).   The games start Friday March 2 at 7 p.m. at Opening Ceremonies at the Town Toyota Center, where the community will witness the Parade of Athletes and lighting of the Olympic Torch (yes, we have one of those at the TTC). 
Come hear Caryl and Sascha present this interesting program on Wenatchee Parks’ commitment to Special Olympics and Wenatchee’s tradition of hosting the state Winter Games.
 WEEK IN REVIEW - February 15, 2018  - Serve Wenatchee Valley
Program (important announcements follow below).
If you fell on hard times and couldn’t pay your power bill, do you have a network of family and friends to call on for help? More than likely, you would have at least 10 people come to your rescue, said Thom Nees, executive director of Serve Wenatchee Valley.
“Folks that we serve don’t have that relational capital,” he said. “Poverty is not just a dollar question – it’s more predominantly a relational one.” That’s what Serve Wenatchee does – build relationships with those people in our community who need it the most to prevent homelessness.
Serve Wenatchee is a faith-based, collaborative non-profit organization of more than 50 area churches. The “overarching why” creates strong ties among the partnering churches and area non-profits. “The collective why is we all want to live in a community where we reach out to those that are hurting, that are suffering, that are facing overwhelming circumstances.”
More than 9,000 families have been served in the past 13 years. Last year, 340 new families came through their doors, totally 1,200 unique families for the year. Forty families per month receive either direct or referral services from the agency.
For example, a typical case may involve someone walking through the door with a $275 utility bill and a shut off notice. Serve Wenatchee would help the family work with the Chelan County PUD to reduce late fees and interest, so the payment could be reduced to a more manageable $50.
“That person walks out with a high degree of hope because of the collaborative effort,” Nees said. Sometimes people’s needs are just a single hurdle, but others may have more perpetual issues. Serve Wenatchee works with clients to understand what kind of help is needed.
In one case, a person was unable to hold a steady job. The real problem had nothing to do with work ethics – the person was diabetic and couldn’t afford to pay $1,200 a month for insulin. Serve Wenatchee was able to refer the client to Columbia Valley Community Health, which ultimately reduced his bill to $47 a month.
With an annual budget of $330,000, the organization is entirely donor supported. Anyone with a current address living in a home or apartment qualifies for direct assistance, which includes help with food, utilities, rent or education. It may also mean furniture, bikes, bus tokens or mentoring and life skills.  Those who don’t qualify for direct assistance are referred to other community resources.
Referring to the adage of teaching a man to fish so he can survive a lifetime, rather than just giving him a fish, Nees said there’s a third, more relevant, part to that saying: “Who owns the pond?”
“You’ve got to understand the rules and regulations of the pond. … That’s an important distinction,” Nees said. “Serve Wenatchee Valley understands who owns the pond.”
*******************  Submitted by Michelle Shermer.  Announcements below.
  • Carmen Bossenbrock is available on the first meeting of the month (or anytime) to take photos for member profiles.
  • Be on the lookout for fellowship dinners at members’ homes beginning in March. Sue Rose or Don Myers will have more information later.
  • Fernando Lopez (Interact Club president) gave update on Habitat house build and also extended invitations to a new WHS Come-to-Class program led by adviser/teacher Jon Magnuson.  Click here . Bryan Campbell endorsed it based on recent personal experience.
  • Britt Dudek - Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Bob Brody Scholarship, a $1,000 award, offered through the Chelan/Douglas County Farm Bureau. High school seniors or current college students who are children of a farm bureau member and interested in an agricultural field of study through food science, marketing, leadership, journalism, business, chemistry or other related academic paths are eligible to apply. For more information, email April Clayton at or visit the web site Info link.
  • Jim Russell - he and wife Karen have moved to Seattle area and said his official farewell, with some emotional and hopeful references to the medical condition of their daughter. (Jim will remain on Leave of Absence status temporarily - his address is available on request).  Don expressed the regrets of all members to see Jim leave us.
  • Don mentioned our concerns about current health struggles of PP Bill Murray.
Secretary's FYI add-on - Membership options - As members experience changes in life status, Rotary offers alternatives to "Active status" with board approval.  Questions?  Reply or see a board member.
  • Leave of Absence - Excused from attendance up to 12 months
  • Rule of 85 - Excused attendance; combined age + service (20 yrs. min.) = 85
  • Honorary - No attendance or dues requirements (but no privileges)
From the head table
Don Myers
member photo
How many Rotary meetings would you say you have attended?
Your answer will depend on lots of factors; how long you’ve been a Rotarian, the busy-ness of your schedule, how much value you assign to Rotary meetings, and probably others.  I clearly remember as a young Rotarian hearing Paul Scea apologize to the club that though he had been a member for more than 60 years, he only had perfect attendance for about 50 of those years - !!!!! I tried to calculate how many meetings he had been to but couldn’t multiply that high…
Consistency is a character trait that is not as highly valued as it once was.  I would imagine that you have at least once or twice been asked something like “You go to the same meeting, every Thursday, with the same people?”  I would counter that consistently doing the same things that add value to the world is of huge significance. Even little things, done well over a long stretch can have an amazing impact; a mom or dad who makes breakfast for the family day after day sets the stage for success in ways he or she may never realize!
I’m glad the sun comes up every day.  I’m glad Heidi tells me she loves me every day.  What acts do you, could you, should you do every day that will make a change in the world?  A word of encouragement, an act of kindness, a job done well, a gift of generosity – we have the opportunity every day to be world changers.  Take advantage.

Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) - Student Monthly Reports
(A new regular feature from Dee Curcio)
From Giorgio, exchange student from Italy.
During this month a lot of changes happened in my life.
the first weekend of January, I changed from my first family to my second, I really like them and since the first day they made me feel part of the family.   
With them I've been to different places already: I've been to the ocean exactly to Moclips, we found a perfect weather and I had a really good time with other cousins I had never seen before. I also have been to White Pass near to yakima where I went skiing with my host-brother Zackary and Marc (also an exchange student with Rotary) who lives in Yakima.
Just few days ago I also changed the semester at school and now I'm taking Trigonometry, Health and Cooking, PE and US history.
Really soon the golf season at the high school will start and I'm looking forward to it, I can't wait.  
I'm really happy and it can only go better now, I'm glad and thankful to be an exchange student here in Wenatchee.
Giorgio   ************************
Note from Dee. 
They are at Moclips and Olympic Nat. Forest
The Bankens are his 2nd host family; dad Joel is Rotarian with Sunrise Rotary.
They hosted Putter last year and their son, Isaiah is an outbound student to Thailand this year. Has visited with Putter over there although they live in different cities.
March 2-4 - Community Event
Special Olympics - Wenatchee
May 17-19 - District Event
District Conference - Prosser, WA
June 23-27 - RI Event
RI Convention - Toronto
July 14 Fundraiser
Wine/Food Fundraiser, Wells House
September 20-22 - Zone Event
Zone Conference, Hotel Boneventure, Montreal PQ
January 26, 2019
Rotary Fundraiser AUCTION
We appreciate all of our sponsoring merchants & businesses.
For complete details, see our web site.
  • Alpine Aire H&C
  • CARPET ONE/Inside Design
  • Cashmere Valley Bank
  • CliftonLarsonAllen, CPA
  • Colonial Vista, assisted living
  • Confluence Health
  • Eagle Transfer
  • Edward Jones Investing
  • EXPRESS Pros
  • JetPro Carwash
  • Lifeline Ambulance
  • Noyd & Noyd
  • The Paradise Restaurant
  • The Thai Restaurant
  • Humane Society of WV

Website Opportunities
For members longing to learn or assist in web site maintenance, Frank will gladly relinquish control of these functions:
1. Be contact person for inquiries
2. Photo Carousel
3. Events List
4. Rotary Park page
5. Membership changes, etc.
6. Appleseed production
7. Club History
Thanks to : 
Alice for taking the Speakers list,
Ford for Attendance,
Kory, WestSide HS page!
Dan for tech advice as needed.
End Polio Now/Club 60 - Approximate totals collected:
Goal this Rotary year = $4,000, or $12,000 with Gates Foundation 2-for-1 match (20,040 lives saved).  Donations by club members on Feb. 15 = $14.82 thus bringing our total (since July 1) to $3081 or $9245 with the Gates match.  This equates to 15,440 lives saved.
Donated by the public on World Polio Day = $2675.
Feb 15, 2018
Serve Wenatchee Valley
Feb 22, 2018
Special Olympics
Mar 01, 2018
Mar 08, 2018
Chelan K9 Unit
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Wenatchee Rotary, Wenatchee, WA
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